Book Review 28: Pawn of the Phoenix (Memory Collector Series #2) by Jamie McLachlan

Title: Pawn of the Phoenix pawnphoenix-mclachlan-ebookweb
Author: Jamie McLachlan
Release Date: 09 February 2016
Publisher: Penner Publishing

Braxton, 1903

The serial killer known only as the Phoenix continues to roam the streets and a new victim falls prey. For Moira and Detective Keenan Edwards, still on the hunt for the Phoenix, the rules have changed. The killer remains beyond their grasp.

Moira is willing to give into her fierce attraction to Keenan. However, the detective proves to be more reluctant despite a moment of heated passion. Then discovery of a secret Keenan never planned to share creates an unwelcome rift between the new lovers.

Keenan isn’t the only one hiding something. In this continuation of the Memory Collector series, Moira makes a startling disclosure about her past. This revelation will not only test the boundaries of love, but might also prove to be the clue that will finally unravel the mystery of the Phoenix.

Rating: 5/5

After reading Mind of the Phoenix (The Memory Collector Series #1) I was hooked, and I was really glad when I was offered an e-ARC of the sequel Pawn of the Phoenix (Thank you, author and Penner Publishing!). The second book of The Memory Collector Series answers some of the bigger questions such as why Detective Keenan Edwards keeps pushing Moira away, and why Moira refuses to talk about her past. No spoilers here though. New characters have been introduced who give insights into how the Phoenix’s mind works.

I really enjoyed the way the author defines Moira’s character in this book. Moira doesn’t swoon over the detective and make him the center of her attention too much. She has a mind of her own and is practical (although this doesn’t go down well with the detective; serves him right for playing hard to get). There is nothing weak about her even after a door in her past has been unlocked.

I wasn’t the least bit bored with this book because of the surprises cleverly planted all throughout. Answers were given but, at the same time, new questions were raised that made my imagination run wild with what ifs. The book is so unpredictable that I just couldn’t put it down.

The book ends with a big question mark (probably the biggest of them all) so I hope all readers will have the patience to wait for the next book to come out.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book from the author/publisher for an honest review.

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